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Framing Family Heirlooms

Casa Quickie: Put a Frame on It

If you like it then you should put a frame on it. Handkerchiefs, bonnets, doilies, and pillows are common linens that are passed down through generations. Stained or worn to bits, the heirlooms sometimes reach their expiration dates sooner than we'd like. Before it's worn to shreds, salvage the item and the memories behind it by framing it in your home like I did with my late grandmother's apron.

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There are a number of ways to cleverly showcase a simple item. Decorative paper or soft fabrics can provide just the right oomph that a tired linen could use. I chose a soft raw silk and a washed green frame. After ironing the silk, I gently pressed the apron in the position I wanted it. I placed the glass over the ensemble, flipped it, and backed it with the rest of the frame. In an instant, a family memoir was hanging in my kitchen where my Grammy continues to inspire me from beyond.

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